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The Imperial War Museum London was founded in 1917 to show the impact war had on Britain and to show the progress in war-related technology the humanity has created. It tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war and conflict. The museum has both temporary and permanent exhibitions. Themes covered in the permanent exhibition include the Holocaust, the work of Britain's Special Forces, espionage and how ordinary families lived during wartime. Its collections include archives of personal and official documents, photographs, film and video material, recordings, an art collection, military vehicles and aircraft and equipment.

Alternative name:

en IWM London

Imperial War Museum London
Lambeth Road
SE1 6HZ London

Museum type(s)

History & Anthropology



Visitor information

Opening hours

Open daily, 10am - 6pm (last entry 5.45pm). Closed 24-26 December.

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National Art Pass Valid


General Admission free, charges apply for special exhibitions.

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  • Coffee

  • Restaurant

  • Museum shop

  • Wheelchair accessible


Lambeth Road, London, England



First World War Galleries

First World War Galleries

In the new First World War Galleries, made up of 14 areas, visitors will discover the story of the First World War, how it started, why it continued, how it was won and its global impact, through the...

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